And BOOM, another month is done! Hello, November! Here are our most popular posts for October 2019. Some of them were actually written before October (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older ones are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
From a combination of work and leisure trips, I’m well on my way to spending more nights in hotels this year than ever before. Staying away from home so much has led me to try and make my hotel room feel more “homey”. I’ll unpack things right away, keep my stuff organized instead of just throwing it all over the room, as well as bring more toiletries than I used to carry with me.
The last one of those is due to me never being sure if the hotel I’m staying at will have individually sized or bulk dispensers of soap and shampoo. Therefore, I’m more likely to bring my own items from home, including bringing my own small soaps with me from my vast collection.
This brings me to my most recent travel pet peeve.
Most of us don’t have a whole lot of interaction with hotel housekeepers. A quick “hello” as you pass by in the morning, maybe a note on the pillow to ask for extra washcloths or to let them know the bulb on the standing lamp in the corner burned out, a tip left on the pillow (not sure how much to tip? This should help) and that’s usually about it.
Welp, a few years ago Trivago.com interviewed a housekeeper who worked at a 5-star hotel, to get a better idea of what her job was like. The interaction was shared on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform and is a very interesting glimpse into the world of the people who clean our rooms before, during and after our hotel stays.
The major hotel chains love to promote how environmentally friendly they are. Some of the ways they can save energy are by using smart building techniques along with not wasting energy in the rooms. Now, some of these energy savings have led to customer annoying trends like hotel thermostats with motion sensors or ones that are programmed to lie about the temperature settings, power outlets that turn off with the light switch and the removal of individual toiletries in favor of larger, refillable containers. Hotels also remind their guests to try and save on the waste of water by rehanging towels instead of asking for new ones every day.
There’s even one hotel chain that will pay you to help the environment. Continue reading “Would You Like The Points Or A Tree?”
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.